Check out the full photo gallery from the UNM vs NMSU Tailgate on Saturday September 21st, 2019. The annual Tailgate party goes on outside the Dreamstyle Stadium.[Read more…]
By Calgary Maez
Albuquerque continues to grow in the entertainment industry, especially for young, talented filmmakers. With Netflix coming to the Duke City, more opportunities are beginning to unfold, especially for local Albuquerque resident Antonio Marquez. I had the honor and pleasure of sitting down with him and talking about his award-winning film, “Alivestock.”
“Alivestock” is Marquez’s first short film that wasn’t backed by the University of New Mexico. When asked about this, he said, “This is the first short that wasn’t a student film. We raised all of the funds ourselves, I wrote the whole thing, and we wanted to take a crack at it and be more independent.” He went on to explain how all of the equipment they used was their own as well as the crew they hired. Two actors in the film were local, professional actors and the others were friends that he knew that were just naturally talented.
This hard work paid off tremendously with its incredible success. Marquez went on to discuss the achievements the film made, “We won the award for best film at the Santa Fe Film Festival. We won the best Albuquerque production for ABQ Film Festival. We won the best drama for the New Mexico Film Offices film awards. We also won the Jury of Peers Award at the LA Crime and Horror Film Festival.”
The success of the film is very much deserved due to its amazing storytelling, stellar cinematography, and incredible acting. When we discussed what inspired him to create this film, he said, “We actually wrote it based on a feature film of a feature-length script that we’re still trying to make. I actually started writing that at UNM. So I wanted to do a shorter version with the elements of it.” Not only that, but he went on to talk about some filmmakers that inspired him such as the Coen Brothers, Martin Scorsese, and John Milius. He used these inspirations to help with the transitions as well as the framing of the characters. The result was a beautifully shot film that gave so much more depth.
Marquez doesn’t want to stop there. The world of “Alivestock” is expanding and the local filmmaker has his own cinematic universe in the making. When discussing his future projects he said, “I have a feature-length script that involves some of the characters and kind of the scenarios. We’re making another one in September, a short film. We’re still working on getting a crew and some actors for. We’re looking for older, Hispanic actors and possibly some younger ones. It’s supposed to be a younger, coming of age teenager story.” His new story will see some actors reprising their roles from “Alivestock” and will be seen in previous locations used from the film as well as new locations.
“Alivestock” was a film made with love, care and passion and it shows through its storytelling, cinematography, acting, and direction. The film deserves to be shown to the masses and is a great film to inspire young filmmakers with their ventures in film production. Since Marquez is gearing up to tell his next great story, he could use the amazing talent that Albuquerque has to offer. Whether it be acting, sound production, or cinematography, Antonio Marquez welcomes Albuquerque to partner with him.
Antonio Marquez can be contacted via email at email@example.com
By Nichole Harwood
When it comes to dedication, Executive Women International (EWI) has proven time and time again that they are ready to rise above any challenge to achieve their goal no matter how long it takes. Their goal? Bringing women from diverse backgrounds together, helping them enhance personal and professional development in the business world while encouraging community involvement. The organization has been pursuing this goal since 1978.
Holly Norton with the EWI Albuquerque Chapter said from promoting member firms, to providing personal and professional development of women they help, her chapter works hard to ensure the success of their mission statement. .
“This is an organization that created a space for women to realize their executive potential and their potential in the business world,” Norton said.
Futhermore, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter also works hard to give back to their community through philanthropic ventures. Of the philanthropic ventures, they focus strongly on promoting literacy among the youth of New Mexico. The EWI Albuquerque Chapter achieves this goal through their Annual Reading Rally, a time when local celebrities read to the children of the community. This year’s rally hosted UNM Lobo Baseball players to read to second graders. In addition to the event, Norton said her chapter donated school supplies and books to the second graders of Hodgin Elementary.
On top of promoting literacy through events, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter also provides two separate scholarships every year. The first goes to a student at the University of New Mexico and is exclusive to the Albuquerque chapter while the other scholarship is a staple of EWI known as Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Scholarship (ASIST). This scholarship, as its namesake suggests, is meant to help a student in scholastic transition who has just returned to college, more popularly known as a nontraditional student. By providing a scholarship to a nontraditional student, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter hopes to ease the financial burden as a nontraditional student may not only juggle work and school, but parenthood or caretaking of their aging parents.
In addition to the scholarship, members of the EWI Albuquerque Chapter benefit by expanding their professional development by listening to monthly speakers and taking part in the chapter’s professional development webinars.
As for their future, the EWI Albuquerque Chapter hopes to strengthen the women of their community as they reach women of all age demographics while helping them realize the value they can receive through EWI.
“This group created a platform for women to grow and to realize that they had more potential than they ever knew they had and I think that’s one of the things that makes us continue to go on,” Norton said.
By Amanda Gerard
UNM Catering is your one-stop shop for all of your special event needs. Our culinary team is creative and passionate about delivering a menu that fits your unique tastes and budget, leaving your guests with a delicious, memorable experience. Choose from carefully curated menus ranging from impressive displays to show-stopping plated dinners. UNM Catering is also happy to team up with you for a personalized consultation to create a one-of-a-kind menu, enhancing your vision of the special occasion.
Take advantage of the many venue options on campus, or have UNM Catering visit you offsite at your home, office or event space. UNM has many rentable spaces including private meeting rooms or beautiful ballrooms in the Student Union Building. Venture across campus to reserve more intimate spaces such as the University Club, or experience the beautiful city views from the pavilion at UNM Championship Golf Course. Onsite or offsite, we are pleased to bring the flavors to you.
No event is too big or small. We offer comprehensive options for intimate meetings and gathering to large scale banquets and everything in between. Try our fresh take on boxed lunch options for your next meeting, or stay on trend with an artisanal toast bar for a conversation starter at breakfast. Our goal with every event is to deliver a catering experience that goes beyond the traditional expectation. No matter the event size, our main ingredient is care for all of our valued clients.
Creative culinary is our specialty and we’ve got you covered from antipasto to ziti. Our chefs have incredible range and flexibility. Dietary restrictions, cultural cuisine or themed meals are welcome to help you design the perfect meal to compliment the occasion. We pride ourselves on offering an incredible value to our clients. Count on professional, polished presentations and bundled items that maximize your budget.
We have a service that you can count on. Our experienced staff is attentive and proactive about making sure you and your guests can relax and enjoy the event. You choose the service style and our team will gladly assist in delivering a guest experience that makes the host the toast of the event. Our clients can rest easy knowing that UNM Catering will go above and beyond to deliver a ‘wow’ experience. Confidently add bar service with our experienced servers and bartenders.
Contact us today to plan your next event! Visit our website to view our menus or place your order. Our sales staff may be reached at 505.277.2506 or stop by our office in the Student Union Building at UNM.
Photos courtesy of UNM Catering
Con-Jikon returned to the Ramada hotel in Midtown on Nov. 17-18 to once again help Albuquerque dive into the creative world of anime and gaming.
The anime and gaming convention was created by students from the University of New Mexico in 2013. This year marked the sixth convention for the event. On top of engaging with fans of the anime and gaming community Con-Jikan strove to inspire attendees with its programs. The convention kicked off with an free day that took place Nov. 16 before the regularly scheduled convention giving attendees a free taste of what they could look forward to for their weekend.
Featuring an array of guests including the voice talents of Michele Knotz and James Carter Cathcart the convention promised a day of fun for attendees. Cosplayer’s flooded the halls of the convention as they showcased an array of characters from their favorite video games and animes. In a special treat cosplayers even received the opportunity to compete with each other during Con-Jikon’s Masquerade on Nov. 17 where both novices and professionals pitted there talents against each other in front of a panel of judges. Contestants let there creativity unleash as they not only showcased their outfits but performed choreographed dances or acts. Some winners included a dark comedy routine by a Michael Myers and Jason cosplay from their respective horror movies and video games as well as a Holo and Kraft Lawrence cosplay from the anime Spice and Wolf who splendidly performed to the song The Fox by Ylvis.
Those interested in competing in games were not left disappointed either as interested individuals were given the chance to participate in a Super Smash Bros tournament and Fortnite tournament in which they were able to play against other competitive attendees.
Competitions were not the only thing that attendees were able to look forward to however as an array of panels were also available including one titled “Original Character and Comic Museum” that tackled the origins of many of popular fictional heroes who began as original characters including the likes of Marvel’s Deadpool and Detective Comic’s Harley Quinn.
Outside of the panels and competitions attendees of the event were able to enjoy merchandise from multiple local and nonlocal businesses. Many of the merchandise matched the theme of the convention and included prints of famous gaming and anime characters as well as hair pins and accessories.
Con-Jikon ended with closing ceremonies on Nov.18 with the conventions official twitter page posting a picture of another one of the activities it had made available to attendees, a drawing board which allowed participants to draw freely on sheets of white paper posted. At the end of day two the board was filled with the art of several attendees.
“Here’s our drawings board at the end of Day 2. Again we would like to thank all of the artist who decided to contribute to the image board. With that we will see you again next year,” Con-Jikon tweeted to both new fans of the convention and old.
Images by ABQ-Live intern photographer Naomi Romero
Nob Hill Bar and Grill and Dj Ian Evan set the stage for an awesome night in Nob Hill with Halloween costumes, beats and drinks!
Dj Ian Evan is throwing down Friday nights at Nob Hill Bar and Grill for his Upscale Friday Nights. Be there this Friday 10.26.18 for an upscale night in Nob Hill.
ENJOY ABQ-LIVE PHOTOS FROM the 2018 FIESTAS. FIESTAS is ASUNM Student Special Event’s end of the year all-day outdoor concert on Johnson Field. The music started at 12:30 pm and ran through to 9:00 pm. Food trucks (Pop Fizz and Paisa Express) were on site to provide food and drinks. Admission was FREE and the event was open to the public.